Za'atar is the Arab name for wild thyme and an Arab spice mix.It is a mixture of thyme, oregano, sumac, toasted sesame seeds, and salt.It is very popular in the cuisines of Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan where it is used as a flavoring in both cooked and raw dishes and as a dry dip for pita bread drizzled with olive oil.You can find it in most well-stocked Middle Eastern markets or you can make your own. But, the sumac may be a little hard to come by in a regular market, so I always by mine ready made which comes directly imported from Syria.It cost me $3.99 for a 1lb. bag but if your intrested in making your own, here's the recipe for it.
Yeild:2 1/2 c
1/4 c sesame seeds
1 c dried oregano
5 oz dried thyme leaves
3 tbsp. ground sumac
2 1/2 tbsp. salt
- Combine all ingredients in a spice or coffee grinderand grind until well combined and powderlike.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Will keep for 1 year.